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April 2014

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Cross Cancer Institute’s Healing Garden comes to fruition, leaving a legacy for 50 years of volunteers and a comforting place to gather Edmonton Senior News Staff It’s been seven years since Susan Carr was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but she still recalls her visits to Edmonton’s Cross Cancer Institute for treatment as though it was yesterday. But despite the excellent care she credits her medical team with having given (she’s had a clean bill of health since), there was always something missing at the world-class treatment centre, she says. Enter the Healing Garden, a nearly $700,000 initiative conceived by the Cross Cancer Institute Volunteer Association (CCIVA)’s 50th anniversary committee – which is chaired by Carr. The committee was given the task of creating a legacy for the volunteers, like Carr, who have collectively raised upwards of $4 million over the past 50 years for patient care and comfort. The garden, which became a joint venture between the CCIVA, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Delnor Construction and its trades and partners, and Alberta Health Services, officially opened September 19. Carr says she couldn’t be happier with how the outdoor space shaped up. “Healing gardens; I think there’s been recognition fairly recently to the benefits that gardens can bring in terms of healing the spirit.” “There were a couple of benches out on the west side, but other than that there wasn’t a place to sit,” explains Carr of her time at the Cross undergoing treatment in the spring of 2006. “Healing gardens; I think there’s been recognition fairly recently to the benefits that gardens

can bring in terms of healing the spirit and providing comfort to just be able to soak up the sun and feel the breeze and enjoy plants and trees and flowers. It’s not going to cure you, but it can be a great comfort.” Carr says the idea of a garden was long part of the plans at the Cross, but it took the efforts of the CCIVA and some dedicated fundraising to get boots on the ground and shovels in the earth. The partnership with the Alberta Cancer Foundation came about because the $300,000 originally set aside for the garden came up short after designs for the space had been inked. “Alberta Cancer Foundation approved matching funds of $200,000,” says Carr, adding Delnor Construction also reduced its price by more than $190,000. “It allowed us to complete the full design.” That full design now includes two plaza areas and private seating, surrounded by shrubs, trees, perennials and grasses, with a pergola covering part of the lush outdoor space. The partnership was a first between the ACF and the association. “We wanted something to honour the accomplishments of volunteers over the past 50 years,” says Carr. Jane Weller of the Alberta Cancer Foundation says while this is the first “official” time the Foundation and volunteers have teamed up, the volunteers’ impact can’t be stressed enough. “They are such treasured and valued partners here at the Cross Cancer Institute each and every day, building relationships with patients and families and staff,” says Weller.



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By Denise Daubert Last month, Edmonton added another gem to her historical crown, putting herself on the map with becoming the very first city in Canada with a neon sign museum. Officially unveiled in on a recent evening in February, this outdoor museum presently showcases eight fully-restored neon signs. Four additional signs are slated to be installed shortly, to bring the total to a dozen neon signs eventually on display. With springtime upon us, it’s a perfect opportunity to head downtown and take a walk along 104 Street (south of 104 Avenue) to see these amazing historical icons mounted at right angles on the east side of the TELUS Building. Both during the daytime and at night, these eight fully-restored neon signs from businesses or retail establishments who were once part of the city’s landscape, are lit with bright neon glows in fabulous colors. And it will be so worthwhile to visit again as signs are added; the framing on the building is designed to hold up to thirty neon signs. If you grew up in Edmonton, or have lived here for a number of years, you will surely remember some of these neon signs when they were in their original locations around the city. Nostalgia! Neon thru the decades Neon lighting was a popular method of outdoor advertising beginning in the 1920s. These signs were dubbed “liquid fire”; they reached the height of popularity in the 1940s to the 1960s. Today, outdoor signage is digital LED or electronic display lighting. Excellent website The City of Edmonton has done a very good job

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of explaining the background for the concept of this unique museum (dating back to 2008) and information about the partnership between the City of Edmonton, The Alberta Sign Association, TELUS, the Downtown Business Association and The Places. The website is neon-sign-museum.aspx. Historical write ups on ten of the twelve signs can be explored on this website. Write ups tell the story of the sign’s history and both black and white and color photographs depict the neon sign

in its original location or in its new home at the outdoor museum. There are links to the following signs that are now installed: X-L Furniture Ltd., Canadian National Railways, Cliff’s Auto Parts, W.W. Arcade, Canadian Furniture, Mike’s News and Northern Alberta Railways. And what about the eighth sign that simply spells out the word D-R-U-G-S? It is believed this sign was originally on the Armstrong Drug Store on Namayo Avenue in Edmonton’s early years. See LIGHTING, on Page 12

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Journalist puts down his pencil asked me to give them a plug in my column By Sarah Junkin At the age of 78, Jack Tennant is no closer to which I did,” he explained. “Then they asked me then to get more involved.” retiring than he’s ever been. Thus the Sunshine Fund was born which over In his life, he has been a reporter, colourful columnist, newspaper owner and businessman for the years has raised $1.7 million for needy families. almost 60 years. In 2001 Tennant, along with son Ian, started But in past months, after selling his most recent newspaper, the Cochrane Eagle for a tidy the Cochrane Eagle, setting up in direct opposiprofit, he’s decided to try his hand at real estate. tion to the existing Cochrane newspaper which “It’s time for a new challenge,” he said. “I de- he himself had started decades earlier. “I love the challenge of building something,” he cided to study for my real estate licence, and you said. “An old guy and his son against the biggest know, I’m really enjoying it.” newspaper chain in Canada – I Of course, Tennant is no strangloved that challenge. They said er to the world of business. Over there was no way an indepenthe years he’s owned a number dent could last. They said they’ll of successful companies, though squeeze you out.” writing columns was always his That didn’t happen and Tenmain interest. nant enjoyed more than a decade “I miss it of course,” he said of as the publisher of the Cochrane his decision to retire from the meand area newspaper of choice. He dia. “I loved the newspaper busiembraced the Stoney First Naness, but I was tired of the busition community to the west of the ness of newspapers.” town, indeed his newspaper was Tennant’s career began in 1955 so named as a nod to the three when he was visiting an employbands that comprise that native ment office in Brandon, Manitopopulation. ba. He overheard a clerk tell the “We made a decision to treat guy in front of him in the lineup the Stoneys as a suburb of Cothat there was an opening for a chrane,” he said. “That first week photographer’s assistant with the Jack Tennant I took out there 50 newspapers. Brandon Sun. “When that kid walked into the Sun office, I When I returned the next week there were 46 was already walking out with the job!” he chuck- left, but I kept going and now 400 are delivered every week and they’re all gone.” led. Finally selling the Eagle after 13 years, very As a crime scene photographer, Tennant wasn’t writing much, but one day when the much on his own terms, Tennant is excited about crime reporter didn’t show up for work, he took his next adventure, but says like everything he it upon himself to write the article to accompany attempts, he tries to bring with him a degree of humility. his photograph. “I have different values from many because of “My editor was Krug Crawford, still the best editor I ever worked for, and he asked the next where I used to be,” he said. “I did nothing yesday who wrote the story. He said it was the worst terday to deserve waking up today. So I apprecistory he’d ever read. I thought then my career ate it every time I do.” Still, he insists that apart from the people he was over, but he asked me, ‘do you want to learn to write?’ He took me under his wing and that’s hurt during his drinking days, he has no regrets. “I’ve loved it all – you have to because you how it started.” But it wasn’t always easy. In 1961 Tennant never know what’s going to happen an hour from now,” he said. was fired. He had been drinking on the job. Enjoying time with his sons, granddaughters “They were right to fire me,” he said. “After that I tried to freelance and almost starved to and great-grandchildren, Tennant still indulges in his long-time passion for photography, even death.” Tennant moved to Kamloops in 1963 but those selling some of his work across the country. “I’ve sold something in every province across years passed by in a blur until June 4, 1966 when he found a rehab program that worked for him, Canada,” he said. “If people only knew they were buying from an old street bum!” and had his very last drink. So retirement is still a long way off. “I’ve never had a drink since, and every day is “Maybe five years from now,” he chuckled. a gift,” he said. Tennant worked for the Kamloops Sentinel, “Maybe not. We’ll see.” spent some time in the hockey business and eventually made his way to Calgary where he settled down, ultimately writing five columns a week for the Calgary Sun for a total of 17 and-ahalf years. At the same time, he purchased some weekly community newspapers in towns such as Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds and Crossfield. He ran the Calgary Golfer magazine, and when he wasn’t writing or publishing, he owned and operated a steak restaurant. But it was as a columnist for the Calgary Sun that Tennant was best known. “My style changed over the years as the Sun became less staid,” he said. “I tried to be trans• Seniors Discount • Packing • Assembly parent because I believe that’s more important • AISH Quotes • Across Alberta than being controversial.” Still, his influence can’t be denied. In 1981 the Salvation Army held a fundraising drive. “I’d never been active with them, but they

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Things are not always as they seem By John Tidridge “Police brutality” was the implication of a photograph taken at a student protest in the USA many, many years ago. The photo showed a police officer with his baton raised in what appeared to be strike position. The student was on the ground. A video of the scene viewed later, showed the officer actually offering his hand to help the student to his feet. Situations are not always what they seem to be. People also are not what they seem to be! Take 1,000 people from various lifestyles, include a photo, and list them with their occupation, education and where they live. Then ask people to pick out those most likely not to lie, commit adultery, cheat on their taxes and the chances are those with a ‘stylish’ look and a good looking résumé will be chosen as the elite and more honest, while those perceived as having less desirable attributes are assumed to be most likely to do wrong. It is assumed by some that a good education make an individual a better and more reliable person. Baby, it just ain’t necessarily so. Recent events involving Alberta Health Care, as recorded in the media show, are perhaps a one sided description of events. This is not to say what happened did not happen and, certainly, some things could have been done differently. But unfortunately it seems to have turned into a ‘we’ and ‘they’ situation, with the ‘we’ being the good guys, and the government the ‘bad’ guys. The slant of the articles was that the government acted to say the least, unkindly and unwisely. And, that the aggrieved parties were indeed truly aggrieved. Perhaps the so-called facts are indeed the facts. But to truly think critically, one has to step back and consider the government’s side: how do they generally handle the care of their residents and patients; are there hundreds of complaints, are they isolated to one facility etc. One has to trust, (yes, trust!) the government’s employees to do their job. It is suggested that overall their performance is excellent. But what if… bearing in mind that while the buildings are paid with taxes and the staff is paid from taxes, taxpayers are still subject to the rules of the organization. It is

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a touchy thing to say, but the ‘inmates do not run the prison’, and surely some people must view their stays in hospitals as similar to visiting that less friendly organization! Administrators and other staff members must deal with patients suffering from all kinds of ailments both physical and mental. Anyone who has suffered through an illness will probably have to admit they felt less patient and indeed, may have become ‘cranky’, ‘taking it out’ on anyone close by, even a loved one. Likewise, the caregivers are also dealing with pressure: stress from uncertainty regarding the health of a loved one. Perhaps there is stress related to financial difficulties caused by the illness, travel time, a feeling of helplessness as a loved one deteriorates or a lack of understanding of standard procedures. Any rules telling you what you can and cannot do take on a new dimension, particularly if it affects you personally. Reactions are not always made in sound judgment. A nurse in the Edmonton area, who wished to remain anonymous, recalls first hand the instanced she’s seen where hospital staff have been subject to patient and client misconduct: “I have been a nurse for 26 years in various areas of healthcare including emergency room nursing. Over the years, I have witnessed first hand several unfortunate and preventable injuries of co-workers as a result of disgruntled patients. Several years ago a co-worker was punched in the face and her glasses were broken. This occurred when a client was told that he needed to continue to wait his turn to see a physician. Another example of staff abuse: a patient not given an order for a narcotic they were expecting and a sharp object was thrown in to a nurse’s face, causing a laceration that required suturing.” Yet, despite her knowledge of these kinds of scenarios, the nurse insists a few bad apples have not ruined her experience. “In general, most patients and families are pleasant and understanding,” she says. “I feel that it is when the patient perceives ‘nothing’ is being done for them, is when they may become confrontational. See THINGS, Page 8

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Living Safely, Aging Well By Terri Schlichenmeyer The third step from the bottom squeaks when you tread on it – which is something you tried to remember when you snuck in after curfew. There’s a light switch near the door that does nothing, and never did. One of the kitchen drawers has a tendency to stick. And someone, at some point, put a strip of wallpaper on upside down. Yes, the house you grew up in has its peccadilloes but your mother loves it there and she wants to stay. In Living Safely, Aging Well by Dorothy A. Drago, M.P.H. you’ll learn how to ensure that she does. You probably don’t need to be reminded that, as we age, our bodies change. Bones get fragile, eyesight dims, hearing can fade, and balance can go out of whack. These things are annoying when you’re younger but can lead to devastating injuries for an elder. But Drago insists that simple awareness puts you on the advantage. “When you anticipate the possibility of an injury, you can attempt to prevent it,” she says. Take, for in-

stance, falls. According to nearly all sources, falls are “the primary injury mechanism for the aging population.” But merely knowing the risk for falls won’t prevent them; you need to know why people fall. Clothing mishaps, problems with furniture, slippery floors, and other environmental reasons can be dealt with individually or with professional help; poor balance, medications and other physical issues can be brought to the attention of a doctor. It can also be reassuring to teach someone how to get up if they tumble. But though falls may be first on your mind, there are other things to consider when making a home as safe as possible. Kitchens and bathrooms can be literal hotspots, and there are ways to minimize the risk of burns and scalds. Medication mix-ups can lead to poisoning, which can be easily monitored. The risk of choking – the “third leading cause of home injury death among those over the age of 76…” - can be minimized. And good health decisions can be made through health literacy and by asking your

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Canada Geese have finally arrived Two Greater White-fronted geese take flight. These geese will be passing through Alberta in early April. Gerald Romanchuk photo

By Bob Parsons Reports are coming in that the Canada geese are returning to our area to get ready for the upcoming breeding season. Another species that will be passing through shortly is the Greater White-fronted Goose that is generally overshadowed by their very active and vocal cousins. Once you come to recognize the white-front or “speckled belly”, you will wonder how you missed it before. The White-front often mix in with the Canada as they migrate through Alberta on the way to the Arctic circle. Their bright orange feet, the darker brown colour, the orange-pink bill and the dark speckling on the breast can best identify this slightly smaller goose. The call is more like a high-pitched voice and quite distinct from its cousin (the Canada Goose). This goose also has a white band at the base of the bill, which can be easily seen. White-fronted geese breed near the Arctic

circle - in areas ranging from Alaska to central Canada. They are solitary breeders and nest on both the tidal flats and upland areas, most frequently among the tall grasses and sedges bordering sloughs and marshes. The female will lay an average of 5 eggs, which seem to hatch pretty fast. This goose also seems to prefer different habitat from the Canada Goose as it is not known to breed in Alberta like its cousin. Readers should also be looking out for the huge numbers of Snow geese that will be passing through our area by early April. Last months column was all about the snow geese migration and the fact that the Edmonton Nature Club is again running buses out to the Tofield area to view the geese and take part in many planned activities. If you want further info on the event, one can call Donna Bamber at 780-963-5469. Happy birding from Bob Parsons.

I am worried about my child

From Page 6 On most occasions patients are not informed as to why there are delays and often they do not realize how the system works which leads to their frustration”. And, of course, to these individuals who feel lost in healthcare limbo, the system seems cold and impersonal (and it is, for the most part). It seems at times everything is designed to thwart any effort to get information. But cool heads and patience do go a long way. Of course, bureaucrats who seem to be cold and indifferent deliver the ‘official’ answers, but they have to be – it is their job to maintain a tightly run ship. Kerry Williamson, Media Relations, Alberta Health Services wrote advising that: “Patient care is at the forefront of everything we do. This extends to ensuring our patients and clients are safe and protected from anything that may negatively impact their care.” This includes protecting patients and clients from abuse, violence or aggressive behavior, or any other type of inappropriate behavior. In most cases, visitors who are negatively impacting patient or client care can sign a behavior agreement, which would then allow visits to proceed provided they adhere to that agreement. In such cases, a person would need to agree to meet expectations of visitors, including following the visiting rules of the facility, not abusing clients, patients or staff, and not disrupting client or patient care. Care teams will work with visitors to ensure they understand the rules around visiting clients and patients. Williamson elaborated: “We must also ensure that we protect our staff from abuse. It is not appropriate for someone to be abusive or threatening to our health care workers, and we may ask someone to leave a facility if that happens”. In any government office that deals with the public there is always an avenue of appeal. The processes are not always simple, and can be frustrating but they are there. Alberta Health Services are no exception. Check their website for more information.


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Remove debris that’s piled up. Debris has a tendency to infest a yard over the course of the winter months. Fallen branches, stones and even trash can accumulate in a yard, putting those who spend time in the yard at risk of injury once the warm weather returns. For instance, bits of twigs and pebbles that are blown across the yard during a windy winter can be embedded in the yard, making the yard less of a haven and more of a hazard. Once the grass is dry enough to walk on, walk around the property and remove any debris that’s piled up over the last few months. See PROPERTY, on Page 12


Spring patio clean-up Edmonton Senior News Staff The spring season is the time to refresh the patio by cleaning and updating furniture. Outdoor entertaining is a primary component of the warm-weather season. Individuals flock to their backyard patios and decks to barbecue or simply soak up a little sun. Over the course of the fall and winter your patio may have experienced some wear and tear. Or if the patio is several years old, it may need some maintenance to improve its appearance for the new season. Maintenance often depends on the material used. Before starting, figure out what your patio needs and stock up on the supplies. Many patios are poured concrete, and a simple pressurewashing could be all that’s needed to revive the look. Pressure washers can be rented or purchased. If there are cracks or chips in the patio, some minor patchwork may be able to fix unsightly problems. There are fast-dry patching kits. If the patio is especially damaged, it may be in your best interest to simply replace the patio or cover it with a different material, like wood decking. Some patios are constructed from paving stones. Pavers are usually installed atop a thin layer of sand and then more sand is brushed into the seams between the pavers to set

them in place. Over time, the sand may become dislodged causing the pavers to wobble or even grow uneven. Taking the time to brush new sand over a paver patio can keep the stones stable. Pavers are not a solid surface, weeds can grow in between the stones. Hand weeding and the application of a weed-killing product can help with keeping weeds at bay and from being unsightly. This year, maybe it’s not about refreshing the patio but installing one instead. Contractors could have relationships with suppliers of concrete and patio pavers, which could save on the cost of materials for the job. Plus you will have the benefit of knowing the work was done correctly. Now is also the time to wash the cushions to your patio set to enhance your patio decor. Allow the cushions to dry adequately so they won’t develop mildew or mold staining and odor. If the cushions look dated or beyond repair, it could be a good time to head to the store and purchase a new set. Nothing refreshes a patio more than bright colors and attractive accessories. While new planters filled with flowers could do the trick, coordinate patio colors with new upholstery for outdoor furniture, throw pillows and a new patio umbrella to complete the look.

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From Page 10 Employ a pre-emergent weed killer. Homeowners who routinely spend their summers agonizing over weeds throughout the yard should consider applying a pre-emergent weed killer around the beginning of spring. It’s important to do so around the end of March or early April, when the weeds have not yet had a chance to grow. When applying, follow the dosage instructions provided by the product’s manufacturer. Such instructions often recommend a second application right before summer begins. Remove thatch. Once the grass has dried, you can begin to remove thatch that’s built up over the winter. Thatch is potentially very harmful to soil, blocking sunlight, air and moisture the soil needs to ensure a lawn looks lush and healthy. Thatch removal does not necessarily need to

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By Susan Jones Some months ago a St. Albert RCMP officer worked with a senior, who was living in a situation, which bordered on elder abuse. The abuse was averted and the course of the family’s lives changed, in part, because that RCMP officer knew where to turn to get them help. That knowledge came thanks to a relationship with the St. Albert Seniors Working Group. “The RCMP officer felt the situation in that home was evolving. There was no crime per se, but the officer remembered all the players around the table, who meet with the St. Albert Seniors’ Working Group, and was able to make the link to get

her out to lunch at the 50+ Club. She was lonely, but getting out to those lunches changed the course of events and opened doors for her,” said Leanne MacMillan, community development co-ordinator, with Family and Community Services (FCSS) Every day, in some Alberta community, there are seniors facing very hard realities, including issues of elder abuse, loss of independence and lack of transportation and perhaps worst of all, the inability to find answers to these serious life challenges. Over the past few years seniors in St. Albert have found their way to more and more excellent resources thanks to a special group of indi-

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Oral cancer can be successfully  treated if caught at an early stage.  If not treated early, the cancer can  spread to other parts of the body and  it then becomes more difficult to treat.  To detect oral cancer in its early stage,  have regular oral cancer screening  done by a dental and/or health  professional. In addition, look for the  following signs and symptoms as you  complete a regular self-examination.  

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Age: People over the age of 40 have a higher risk  of developing oral cancer. Oral cancer can occur  at any age, but the incidence increases sharply  over 40. Individuals that are over the age of 60  have the highest incidence of oral cancer.

Smoking: Smoking or using tobacco products  increases the risk, especially if combined with  high alcohol consumption. This includes  smokeless tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco,  chewing betel quid, paan, areca nut and  cigarettes. Alcohol: High consumption of alcohol,  especially if combined with smoking, increases  the risk of developing oral cancer. The amount of  alcohol consumed and the duration of use  increases the risk for oral cancers. HPV: There is increasingly more research emerging that is connecting Human Papillomavaius  infection, especially HPV-16, with oral cancers. Gender: Men are more susceptible than women  to developing oral cancer. In the past, men had a  six to one ratio of incidence of oral cancer than  women. However; this ratio is narrowing and is  now closer to a two to one ratio. Diet: A diet low in fruits and vegetables. A diet 

that includes fruit and vegetables has a protective  factor and is believed to reduce the risk for oral  cancers.

Sun Exposure: People who are in the sun a lot  have an increased risk of developing lip cancer. Reference: Health Canada, 2014


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EDMONTON SENIOR, April 2014 25 18 and 19 Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. EXPO Centre, Edmonton Northlands. 780-471-7210. Jazz & Reflections Series – April 6, P.J. Perry April 13, Rollanda Lee/The Canadian Hot Stars April 27, Charlie Austin Trio May 4, Tommy Banks 3:30 p.m. each date. Donations at door. Ritchie United Church. 780-465-4414. Full Moon Folk Club – April 11 James Hill with Anne Janelle Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.. St. Basil’s Cultural Centre (10819 – 71 Avenue). TIX-On-The-Square 780-420-1757, Acoustic Music Shop or at the door. Northern Light Folk Club – April 11 BTU: Barney Bentall, Tom Turner & Shari Ulrich 8 p.m. Queen Alexandra Hall (10425 University Ave.). TIX-On-The-Square 780-420-1757, Acoustic Music or Myhre’s Music. Pro Coro Canada – April 18 Good Friday at the Winspear 7:30 p.m. Special guest quartet, choir and soloist. Winspear Centre, downtown. Tickets: 780-428-1414. Festival Place – April 19 Ashley MacIsaac (celtic) 7:30 p.m. April 26 Johnny Clegg Band (world) 7:30 p.m. 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. Box Office: 780-449-3378. Mama Mia Musical – April 22 to 27 Broadway Across Canada Series. Matinees and evenings. Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. TicketMaster 1-855-985-5000. Alberta Baroque Ensemble – April 27 Italian Masters 3 p.m., Robertson-Wesley United Church (10209 – 123 Street). Tickets at the door or at TIX-On-The-Square 780-420-1757.

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your medications with you if you would like a pharmacist to review your prescriptions. Books to Movies discussion group will review “The Descendants,” on April 23 at 1:00 p.m. A Post Pesach Pancake Party takes place on April 24 at 11:30 a.m. Exercise Programs are conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. Please note the Centre will be closed from April 14 to 22, 2014 for Passover. Mill Woods Seniors Activity Centre-780-496-2997 In addition to regular programs (fitness classes, curling, cards etc,) MWSAC will hold the monthly potluck lunch on April 8 at 11:45 a.m. On April 15, there will be a workshop on Grandparents’ Rights at 10:00 a.m. A presentation on “The Third Ear” or hearing loss is scheduled for April 22 at 10:00 a.m. NESA-780-496-6969 Spring Book Sale takes place from April 8 to April 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. On Wednesday, April 9, the hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. A Flea Market will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Northgate Lions Seniors Centre. NESA 2014 Spring Program and Activity Guide is now available for pick up at the Centre or check at www. Northgate Lions Seniors Bingo is on April 18. Games start at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday Night Dances will be held on April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Dinner before dance can be ordered by phoning 780406-0840. Cut off for reservation is Monday before the Wednesday of the dinner. SEESA - Phone: 780-468-1985 SEESA will host the Eighth Annual “Vintage: An Evening of Words for Well-Aged Poets” on April 23 at 7:00 p.m. Those interested in reading their poems need to contact Elaun as there are only a limited number of spots available. Rummage and Craft Sale will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Items for the Sale will be accepted until noon on April 24. Monthly Dinner is on April 11 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Cash Bar available. Strathcona Place Seniors Centre - 780-433-5807 Ham and Potato Scallop—Easter Dinner will be served on April 9 at 5:30 p.m. Also on the same evening Art Reception Open House takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meet

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Jeff Allen Art Gallery – March 28 to April 30 From the Past to the Future An exhibit by artists Joyce Bjerke & Ethel Gulka. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Strathcona Place Senior Centre (10831 – University Ave.). 780-433-5807. Art Gallery of Alberta – Ends April 27 Lyndal Osborne: Bowerbird, Life As Art and Thomas Bewick: Imagination Field Guide 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, downtown. Phone 780-422-6223.


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By Jerry Stefanyk Born from a volcanic hotspot on the Pacific Ocean floor some few million years ago, Maui is part of a chain of islands commonly known as the Hawaiian Islands located in the Pacific Ocean. Maui is actually two volcanoes joined by an isthmus. The West Maui volcano is roughly 18 miles long and 15 miles wide. It towers almost a mile high and is considered to be over a million years old. The second volcano, Haleakala, is a bit younger, geologically speaking. It is thought to have surfaced about 900,000 years ago. It is the bigger of the two, being about 33 miles long and around 20 miles wide. It is almost 2 miles high above sea level. Haleakala has erupted over time, the last few eruptions being around 100,000 years ago, and the lava from these eruptions joined the two volcanoes together to form the island known as Maui. The first inhabitants to settle the island probably came from Polynesia around 400 AD. Some 300 years later, Tahitians found the islands and settled right in. Over the years, there were probably castaways who ended up shipwrecked on the islands, but officially Captain James Cook was the first European explorer to discover Maui in November of 1778. Maui’s first resort hotel opened in 1946 and ever since then tourists have flocked to these island paradises. So, what’s it like to visit Maui nowadays? We de-

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ways and there are plenty of parks where one could pitch a tent and stay awhile. Most beaches are not as crowded as Waikiki beach, although the sands of Waikiki are legendary. You will find some beaches that are rocky, but there are many other beaches, which are totally fine and much less crowded. You may find local fishermen fishing from shore, so respect their right to fish and find another area to frolic in the surf or tan on the beach. See PARADISE, on Page 29

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Philly: more than cheesesteak By Nicholas Spillios Philadelphia is more than its renowned cheesesteaks. It is a major historic centre, and one that history buffs and the adventurous can’t afford to pass by. It is no secret why the city took on the title of the city of brotherly love, and one can easily notice why, as the city takes on a vibrancy of friendliness not often encountered in large cities, brimming with resplendent vistas and opportunities to uncover the birth of the U.S. Besides, there are few cities which offer a ride from the airport to the downtown core for a buck! Yes, that’s one dollar for a senior! Declared one of best places for seniors in the U.S., Philadelphia is a haven for travelling seniors. It is one of the most walkabout cities in the U.S. The walkways (which circle the city) are ideal for fit seniors, and a choice of dining proves to be much more varied than cheesesteaks. First and foremost, Philadelphia prides itself in being the central location in the former colonies for the American revolutionaries. Here is where the first Continental Congress was held before the Revolution and where the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed. It is also third in the list of greatest number of U.S. historic sites. What more could a history buff ask for? A trip to Philadelphia would be incomplete without a visit to the Liberty Bell located directly across from Independence Hall. Housed in a museum dedicated to its history, you will want to take a photo of the 2080-pound Bell with its resplendent crack. It rang on July 8, 1776 to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Don’t miss a visit to Independence Hall for this is the site where the Declaration was adopted and the U.S. Constitution was written. A climb up the 72 stone steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art should be familiar. For it is here that Rocky in the award winning film made his climb with tourists now following suit.

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The Museum is one of the outstanding international museums; a huge complex covering several buildings with entry by donation and a free shuttle service available for those of us who find mobility in museums a problem. A smaller museum but one that may appeal to the scientific interests of some of us is the Muttart with its history of medical artifacts, surgical instruments and original documents on display. The Mummers are part of Philadelphia’s history, blending many cultures settling in the city including Swedish, Finnish, Irish, and German. The best time to view Mummers in their elaborate costumes of sequins, feathers and string beads is at the New Year’s Day Parade. However, they also perform at special events so do check upon arrival where they are performing. We like to conclude our stay on travels with a restaurant not too pricey but unique. We chose Kanella with a Cypriot cuisine not often found in Canada. We suggest the avgolemeno soup, dips, the herb/lemon stuffed whole fish and for a splurge the “meze”, a $35.00 per person tasting menu on Sundays. Of course, there is always more but this overview should do. We have purposefully focused on senior interests available in the downtown core. Adding other points of interest will be a challenge. Try doing just that on your visit!

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paradise From Page 27 Whale watching is very popular in the winter months and there is a whole industry devoted to packing people in boats and bringing them out in the hope of seeing the whales. It was recommended to us that we go with a smaller, raft like boat, as rafts are more maneuverable and can respond quicker to whale sightings. There were whale sightings while we were there, but the only thing I saw was the backs of two whales breaching and diving back in the water. If you do want to see the local water inhabitants, the Maui Aquarium is definitely something to do. It is fantastic in its setup. Be prepared to spend the better part of a day if you plan on viewing this. The gift shop is also pretty good. Don’t leave without checking it out. Maui is an island and attractions are pretty well spread throughout the island. If you are going to see the whole thing, renting a car is probably a good idea. While we were there, I think every Mustang convertible ever produced was being rented by tourists and driven on the road. Predominant colors were red, white and black. I guess, when you are in Paradise, you get to pick the kind of car you want to be in. For those with a more refined taste, one can rent a Corvette for $240.00 per day. If you see a pickup truck, it is more than likely being driven by a local. A tip for some of you – don’t leave your valuables in your car. When we went to the Maui Aquarium, a Mustang Convertible had been broken into and various items were no longer with their legitimate owners. But you all know that, regardless of where you might be. Maui is not a cheap place to visit. When coming, bring plenty of cash or whatever tender you use. I would suggest – as soon as you get off the plane – go to the Costco or Walmart and load up on groceries and essentials. One thing that was fairly cheap, and I haven’t tried other parts of the US to find out if this is standard, was beer and liquor. A 30 pack of beer goes for about $22.00 whereas in Canada, one has to take out a bank loan for a purchase that size. Another very helpful hint: If you do want to go on various tours, check out the local Walmart. You can get very reasonably priced tours from the booths around the entrance. Don’t just go and purchase. Do some homework first and compare prices unless you have the financial resources of Bill Gates (then by all means, purchase away!). Restaurants are plentiful and the prices are fairly reasonable, depending on what you want to feast on. They are almost as plentiful as the local shopping centres, which occur around every three or four miles. If you love to shop, Maui may be where you want to be. The local towns are also fascinating to visit. Some were old ‘whaling ports’ and their history is vibrant and interesting. Park your vehicle and go strolling around, check out the local shops and the historical buildings. One last thing: there is a coastal road – called the ‘Road to Hana’. If you have a lot of spare time on your hands, and enjoy driving at about 15 – 20 miles per hour, and love hairpin turns, then the Hana Road is for you. As some of the brochures claim, it’s not the destination that matters, but the journey. Truer words could not be uttered. The road to Hana – although filled with curves - has fantastic scenery to be viewed. It also has locals who do not seem to care about posted speed limits. There are ‘pull out’ spots for stopping and taking in the scenery, but they were all filled up on our trip. This trip is probably a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip, and local shops sell T-Shirts with the words “I survived the road to Hana”.

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Senior for a Senior: A Cat Adoption Program Sitting in your favorite chair is better with a cat curled up in your lap, purring contentedly. A kitty lazing about indifferently wears off on a person, putting him or her in the calmest of moods. And all the moments in between, the ones that are filled with playful interaction, enliven a pet owner’s spirit. The truth is that cats make houses homes. And they offer love and companionship, especially shelter cats who were abandoned or lived uncertain lives as strays before coming to the Edmonton Humane Society. Put simply, cats enrich people’s lives. Each year, the EHS takes in approximately 13,000 animals, most of which are felines. To help find homes for them, we’ve created a number of cat adoption programs to help boost adoption numbers. One example is Senior for a Senior, a program that matches elder cats 6 years of age and older with people who are 60 and older. The program incentivizes adoption by waiving the fees of senior cats who are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. Since its launch in March of 2008, Senior for a Senior has helped many venerable cats get a leg up on the adoption floor, especially when the gallery is full of kittens and spry young cats, most of whom rarely have trouble winning the hearts and minds of adopters. When it was first launched, the program saw an average of only one Senior for a Senior adoption per

Classifieds month. By 2013, that number grew to roughly three adoptions per month. Seniors who are interested in adopting an elder cat are encouraged to visit our shelter or our website, to see which ones are currently available. Visitors are welcome to spend time with shelter felines in our Cat Chalets – two large, multi-cat rooms, or our Cat Gallery, which has smaller Cat Life Rooms on one side and special Cat Condos on the other. Visiting the EHS and interacting with cats gives potential adopters an opportunity to get to know adoptable cats in a special way, and it also gives cats a chance to pick out a forever friend (you might be surprised to see how often animals, cats especially, choose their people). If you can’t decide on your special new family member, our adoptions staff and volunteers are always happy to provide extra insight. Seniors who adopt through the Senior for a Senior program must still go through the regular adoption process. Once adopters choose their new family member, they fill out the required adoption paperwork and speak with a qualified adoption counsellor. On average, the entire adoption process takes a few hours. While waiting for their adoptions to be completed, people are welcome to visit Bingo’s Pet Shop to purchase the supplies that they will need for their new family member. After that, it doesn’t take long to see how a cat accents a home with curiosity, companionship, and an abounding love for his or her new best friend. If you would like more information about the Senior for a Senior program, please call the Edmonton Humane Society at 780-471-1774 or visit

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